Bantwal: Non-payment of salary for six months - Indira Canteen at BC Road closed

Mounesh Vishwakarma

Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal (MS)

Bantwal, Dec 3: Indira Canteen, which used to feed poor people at just Rs 10 is closed down. The branch at BC Road has not been operating for three days.

As the staff of the canteen have not received salary for the past six months, they have locked the outlet and are protesting. Many poor people who used to have at least one meal a day are suffering.




The canteen was established four years ago just beside Adalitha Saudha of BC Road. The outlet has been closed since Wednesday. The canteen was sanctioned because of the efforts of former minister Ramanath Rai.

The staff of the outlet have submitted an appeal to the deputy commissioner (DC) and concerned officials and have left the spot after locking it.

The bills given by the contractor of these canteens are sent to the DC office. The bills were paid by the government directly to the contractor. The agency used to pay the salaries of the employees. The staff are saying that from six months though they did not receive salary they kept the canteen running by spending from their own pockets. However, they are saying that now it is not possible for them to continue anymore due to financial constraints.

In the BC Road facility of Indira Canteen, eight people were employed including cooks, cleaners and suppliers. Out of this, four people were already dropped and only four were working. However, for four people also the contractor did not pay salaries. Earlier, in a similar situation, the contractor had paid salaries of two months. But now the employees have decided to close the canteen itself.

Around 200 to 300 people used to have breakfast in BC Road Indira Canteen. For lunch, there were around 300 customers while for dinner 50 to 75 people were regulars. Many people who used to visit the taluk office were having their food in the outlet. Breakfast was served for Rs five and lunch for Rs 10.








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  • RONALD, barkur

    Sun, Dec 04 2022

    canteen closed because of rates of the groceries high and gas cylinder rate also high. how they will manage.

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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Another socialist scheme that was doomed to fail from the word go, while making the Socialist leader and his/her crony-socialists richer and fatter using the lakhs and crores(money that belongs to every citizen) that must have been spent on constructing and paying for the running of these white elephants and the attendant bribes and commissions paid , sinking the Exchequer further into the abyss of debt; for the Govt. is nothing but a beggar and thief who steals from citizens and that lives in pomp and splendour. All citizens pay taxes whether rich or poor! When the debt rises, inflation rises and taxes rise and the poor get poorer. Bad socialist schemes drive the country into further poverty and turn the citizens into dogs waiting at the table of their Master for some crumbs to be thrown at them. Socialism leads to Communism leads to Fascism! Nobody spends his own money as lavishly as he does with another's money.!There is no free lunch – Milton Friedman. The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich Hayek. The Law – Frederic Bastiat. Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith.

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  • ahmed, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 04 2022

    If we cannot take care of own citizen then whole concept of nation comes to question, basic food is universal rights, construction can wait empty stomach cant, most of the current middle class comes from extreme poverty and beneficiary of all the past subsidy, today same class pay back and contributing to nation building

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  • Felix Pinto, Koteshwara

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Change the name to Adani Canteen. You will get mutton biriyani everyday.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Best solution to chane the name to Modi Canteen to rejineuvate lost charm and status. 6 months pending plus 6 monthes bonus guaranteed. Elections too are approaching.👍🙏

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Best solution to chane the name to Modi Canteen to rejineuvate lost charm and status. 6 months pending plus 6 monthes bonus guaranteed. Elections too are approaching.👍🙏

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    When the rice meant for canteen is being sold in black on other contractors ,then how can a canteen function?Now where is the rice gone ?It is such a wrong way to do this .Money is coming to contractor .He pays to employees .Why not govt pay direct to employees ?There is something wrong in this system..How can one findout how much pays them and how much he receives ?One should control these things and set right first .Because he doesnt pay to these employees they have lost job.He is responsible to let canteen further to work.

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  • kavi, vittal/dubai

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Since the canteen is for all poor people, the churches, temples and masjids should contribute 2% of their income to these canteens and run in case the state govt. is unable to provide the required funds. This is the way of helping the poor and needy people. Please advertise the donated funds in the newspapers and TV channels . I am sure, there may not be any need to close the canteens.

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  • Jossey saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    We want Modi Canteens ...

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Our present government working for poor people. This is the example of that. May be they have plan to sell this to Ambani Or Adani

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    This govt wants to keep the toll gates open with double charges but can not meet poor people’s needs by providing food with reasonable rates. This govt will not venture into any business investment where it has no profit. 40% from subsidized food items is negative profit. People have lost employment, farmers are paid a very meagre MSP, contractors are forced to do substandard work without payment, no proper infra structure to create employment, no law and order and due to all these draw backs tourist industry and foreign investments are suffering. Is this a govt or a a self money minting machine??????….

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    Good initiative by the congress Govt.The congress can always take the credit.It took many years to maintain and keep the canteen in full flow by congress,but it took a few years to destroy it (bjp).This is the difference between congress and Bjp.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Sat, Dec 03 2022

    It's so simple.... Congress, Nehru and Gandhis are responsible for all the problems under double engines growth sarkars.

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